Two people face charges in case of stolen tires, rims

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FARMINGTON — Arrest warrants have been issued for two people accused of helping a man transport stolen tires and rims in February.

Andra Butler, 35, and Michelle McCraken, 40, were both charged on May 8 with a fourth-degree felony count of accessory to receiving stolen property, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

Criminal complaints for Butler and McCraken were filed Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court, the same day the arrest warrant affidavits were issued.

An officer from the Farmington Police Department was dispatched at about 8:11 a.m. on Feb. 8 to a commercial building at 1514 Southside River Road in response to a report of a burglary, according to the affidavits.

During the investigation, the officer watched video footage that showed a man entering the building and removing four tires, four rims and a chainsaw.

The video also showed the man taking the items toward a ditch behind the building.

The officer followed shoe impressions from the building to the ditch and found the tires and rims situated in the ditch.

A tracking device was attached to one of the tires and activated later when the items were removed from the location.

The tracking device led officers to stop a red pickup truck, driven by McCraken, in the parking lot of Burger King, 948 E. Main St., that afternoon.

Butler and another man also were riding in the truck.

Officers noticed tires in the back of the truck and questioned the male passenger about the items. The man told officers he found the tires in a ditch near Southside River Road while walking that morning.

He said he returned later to collect the tires and rims, then sold the rims to a salvage yard on Bloomfield Highway.

The officer advised the man that he had been seen on camera with the tires, and the man confessed to taking the items and leaving them in the ditch.

He was arrested, the affidavits state.

Butler also spoke to officers at the scene and stated the man left the rims at the salvage yard.

McCraken spoke to a detective later. She said she, Butler and the man loaded the tires and rims from the ditch, then sold the rims to the salvage yard.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at nsmith@daily-times.com.

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